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Rebel “guerrilla” group Harakat al-Qiyam targeted a Syrian Democratic Forces’ vehicle in northern Aleppo region. The group stated that the explosion killed three elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive device exploded in Al-Fardous neighborhood of the city of Raqqa. Kurdish Red Crescent stated that the explosion killed two civilians.
Several Free Syrian Army’s factions joined the newly-formed Raqqa Military Council, which is reportedly supported by Turkey. The factions that joined the council are; Suqour al-Sham, Al-Izza Biallah, Aswad al-Islam, Authenticity and Development Front, Tajammu Ahrar al-Tabqa, and Katibat al-Bara. Raqqa Military Council’s aims are to expel the Syrian Democratic Forces from the localities in Raqqa, to protect the people and to establish institutions of the Syrian Interim Government in the governorate.
Jabhat Tahrir Suriya (Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat Nour al-Deen al-Zenki) recaptured Tarmala, Karsaa, and Maarat al-Seen from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, after the latter captured it during the day. Reports claim that the fighting between the two killed 700 and wounded 500 fighters since the 20th of February. The same reports claim that Jabhat Tahrir Suriya imprisons 300 elements of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, while Hayat Tahrir al-Sham imprisons 200 elements of Jabhat Tahrir Suriya.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Jabhat Tahrir Suriya backed by Suqour al-Sham clashed around Marayan and Al-Rami villages. According to the reports, a civilian vehicle on the road between the two aforementioned villages came under fire by both sides, which wounded four civilians. Suqour al-Sham’s commander, Abu Issa al-Sheikh stated that one of his fighters was killed and his son wounded in the clashes.
Abu Amara Special Task Brigade reported that its improvised explosive device targeted a National Defense Forces’ ammunition cache in Qamhana, north of Hama.
Negotiations Committee of the Northern Homs pocket reached a ceasefire agreement with Russia, after a meeting between the two at Al-Dar al-Kabira crossing. The two sides agreed that the ceasefire will last until the next meeting between the two on the 22nd of April.
Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State reportedly conducted a prisoner exchange deal near Al-Omar field, east of Deir al-Zour. Reports suggest that the Islamic State released ten elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces, in exchange for the same number of the Islamic State’s elements released by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Syrian Arab News Agency stated that five thousands individuals, including 1500 rebel fighters will be evacuated from Al-Dumayr to northern Aleppo.
Free Syrian Army’s Quwat al-Shahid Ahmad al-Abdo and Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham launched another joint attack against the Syrian Arab Army in Al-Mahasa area, Eastern Qalamoun region. According to Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham, the two factions killed over 20 elements of the Syrian Arab Army and destroyed a T-72 tank in the attack.
Syrian Arab Army and allies started an attack against rebel factions in the Eastern Qalamoun region. The attack started on Al-Ruhaybah front, with reports that the Syrian Arab Army captured Hawash area and several farms around Al-Ruhaybah. Syrian Arab Army’s advances in the farms area were confirmed by the spokesman of the Free Syrian Army’s Quwat al-Shahid Ahmad al-Abdo, Fares al-Munajid.
Unknown gunman assassinated the head of the Negotiations Committee of Al-Dumayr and Jaysh al-Islam’s representative, Shaher Juma (Abu Ahmed). The gunman also wounded a member of the negotiations committee and representative of the Free Syrian Army’s Quwat al-Shahid Ahmad al-Abdo, Hussein Shaaban. Jaysh al-Islam’s member of media office in Al-Dumayr, Marwan al-Qadi stated that a man named Fakhri al-Ghadhban assassinated Juma and wounded Shaaban.
Approximate situation in the Eastern Qalamoun. Source: Emmanuel
Rebel Sad al-Bagha operations room released a statement announcing four localities held by the Islamic State-affiliated Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid as military zones. According to the statement, Al-Qusayr, Al-Shajara, Saham al-Jawlan, and Quraysh are considered as military zones. The statement also called on civilians in the aforementioned localities to stay away from Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid’s positions.
Islamic State’s improvised explosive device targeted a vehicle of the Iraqi Army in Al-Naqib village, south of Buhriz. According to the Islamic State’s Amaq Agency, the explosion destroyed the vehicle, as well as killed three and wounded two elements of the Iraqi Army.
Iraqi Security Forces conducted operations in Albu Awsij, Al-Rakub, and Al-Arsan areas, south of Baghdad. Security forces found 15 left over Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices and two 60mm mortar rounds.
Afghan National Security Forces killed five and wounded nine elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) in Shirin Tagab district.
Afghan National Security Forces killed 11 and wounded 16 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Nijrab district, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
Islamic State assassinated two elements of the Afghan National Police in the city of Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar Province.
Approximate situation in Nangarhar province (red = Afghan National Security Forces, blue = Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and yellow = Islamic State), HD version of this map can be found here. Source: Afganistan Bülteni
Afghan National Army’s element defected to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Sang Atish district. The defected element handed over a motorcycle and several weapons to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan arrested four elements of the Afghan National Security Forces in Tagab Ghar area of the city of Chaghcharan (Firuzkuh), capital of Ghor Province.
Afghan National Security Forces killed 15 and wounded 12 elements of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as well as destroyed 11 vehicles and several weapons depots and ammunition caches in Waghaz, Andar, and Muqur districts, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in Namro area of Nawa-I-Barakzayi district. Three elements of the Afghan Local Police were reportedly killed in the attack.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan destroyed an Afghan National Army’s armored personnel carrier with an RPG in Shin Gul Charrahi area of Nad Ali district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s snipers killed two elements of the Afghan Local Police and one element of the Afghan National Army in Nawa-I-Barakzayi district.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan attacked an Afghan National Army’s post in Yosuf Nika area of Maruf district. Two elements of the Afghan National Army were killed and four wounded, while one element of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was killed and another wounded in the encounter.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s element infiltrated an Afghan Local Police’s checkpoint in Spozo area of Maywand district. The infiltrator reportedly killed four elements of the Afghan Local Police, before seizing an assault rifle and a motorcycle. The infiltrator linked up with the nearby Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s elements.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ambushed and killed an element of the ‘National Directorate of Security’ in the 9th Police District of the city of Kandahar.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s vehicle-borne improvised explosive device destroyed an Afghan Border Police’s vehicle in Khawaja area of the 4th Police District of the city of Kandahar. The explosion killed Afghan Border Police’s chief of Spin Boldak district, Janan Mama and five other elements of the police. Separately, three elements of the Afghan National Army were wounded by an improvised explosive device in Wandoz area of Arghistan district.
CJTF-OIR announced a change in their publishing policy. Now two strikes reports will be published each week, on Mondays and Fridays.
Several Islamic State’s improvised explosive devices destroyed an Egyptian Army’s Humvee, as well as killed one and wounded three soldiers, south of Al-Sheikh Zuwaid in the North Sinai Governorate.
Egyptian Army reportedly conducted a raid against the Islamic State and killed the Islamic State’s emir of central Sinai, Nasser Abu Zaqul.
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